Even After a Bad Day, Give Thanks to God

By Nancy Flory Published on January 7, 2019

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey had a bad day yesterday. With seconds left on the clock, Cody missed what would have been a winning field goal in the wild-card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. His powerful kick sent the ball into the left upright, then down against the crossbar and then back on the field. A mere couple of inches being the difference between celebration and crushing defeat. The Bears lost to the Eagles, 16-15.

And yet, despite his misfire ending the Bear’s season and the Windy City’s Super Bowl dreams, Cody still pointed up. He would acknowledge God in even his worst professional moment.

Former wide receiver for the Bengals and the Browns Andrew Hawkins tweeted about the moment. “Good lesson here for everyone. After the worst play of his professional career, Bears kicker, Cody Parkey, points up to the sky and still thanks God. We [can’t] just be thankful and give honor when times are great! My [heart] goes out to him, but the kid will be just fine!”

After the game, players from both teams huddled together and prayed.

Parkey told reporters in the locker room it was “one of the worst feelings in the world to let your team down,” but that he was trying to put things into perspective. “The sun’s gonna shine tomorrow, life’s gonna go on, and unfortunately this is gonna sting for a while.” 

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